Horror Films That Hit #1 at the Box Office: 1982 - 2000 Edition

Horror Films That Hit #1 at the Box Office: 1982 - 2000 Edition

This list is a round-up of all the horror and scary science fiction films that made it to #1 at the box office. I know many of you might have grown up in this period like myself and wonder how cult favorites like Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees did at the box office, who won? Freddy from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise had a total of six #1 weeks between this timeframe with Jason from the Friday the 13th franchise only having three weeks total. Movies that topped the box office consistently for 3 - 5 weeks include Aliens, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Pet Sematary, Seven, Silence of the Lambs, and The Sixth Sense.


  • Oct 29 - Nov 4
    • House on Haunted Hill (1999)

      Synopsis: A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.
      Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Greg Nicotero, Famke Janssen, Ali Larter, Ivana Milicevic, Geoffrey Rush, Marc Blucas, Peter Graves, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Taye Diggs
      Directors: William Malone
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  • Sept 10 - 16

    • Stigmata (1999)

      AKA(s): Toby's Story
      Synopsis: When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself.
      Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Rade Serbedzija, Jonathan Pryce, LeJon, Enrico Colantoni, Shaun Toub, Patrick Muldoon, Portia de Rossi, Jack Donner, Patricia Arquette
      Directors: Rupert Wainwright
      Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Aug 6 - 12 & Aug 13 - 19 & Aug 20 - 26 & Aug 27 - Sept 2 & Sept 3 - 9

  • July 23 - 29

    • The Haunting (1999)

      AKA(s): La maldiciĆ³n, The Haunting of Hill House, The Legend of Hill House
      Synopsis: When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.
      Cast: Virginia Madsen, Liam Neeson, Bruce Dern, Debi Derryberry, Alix Koromzay, Lili Taylor, Owen Wilson, Michael Cavanaugh, Courtland Mead, Sherry Lynn
      Directors: Jan de Bont
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery


  • Oct 30 - Nov 5
  • June 19 - 25

    • The X Files (1998)

      AKA(s): Blackwood, Fight the Future, The X Files: Fight the Future, The X-Files, X-Files: Blackwood, X-Files: The Movie
      Synopsis: Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.
      Cast: Tom Woodruff Jr., Michael Shamus Wiles, Mitch Pileggi, Gary Grubbs, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jason Beghe, Steve Rankin, Larry Joshua, Michael Krawic, John Neville
      Directors: Rob Bowman
      Genres: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
  • May 22 - 28 & May 29 - June 4


  • Dec 12 - 18
  • Oct 17 - 23 & Oct 24 - 30 & Oct 31 - Nov 6

    • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

      Synopsis: After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.
      Cast: Muse Watson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Bennes, Anne Heche, J. Don Ferguson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, William Neely, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
      Directors: Jim Gillespie
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery


  • May 3 - 9
    • The Craft (1996)

      Synopsis: A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.
      Cast: Neve Campbell, William Newman, John Kapelos, Rachel True, Breckin Meyer, Cliff De Young, Tony Genaro, Helen Shaver, Esther Scott, Endre Hules
      Directors: Andrew Fleming
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
  • Jan 19 - 25




  • Oct 29 - Nov 4 & Nov 5 - 11
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

      AKA(s): Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D
      Synopsis: Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.
      Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Catherine O'Hara, Judi M. Durand, Doris Hess, Daamen J. Krall, David Randolph, Joe Ranft, Danny Elfman
      Directors: Henry Selick
      Genres: Fantasy, Animation, Family, Musical



  • Nov 15 - 21
    • Cape Fear (1991)

      Synopsis: A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
      Cast: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Illeana Douglas, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker, Billy D. Lucas, Fred Dalton Thompson, Will Knickerbocker, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam
      Directors: Martin Scorsese
      Genres: Thriller, Crime
  • Nov 1 - 7

    • The People Under the Stairs (1991)

      Synopsis: Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and become trapped.
      Cast: Sean Whalen, Ving Rhames, John Mahon, Kelly Jo Minter, Everett McGill, Josh Coxx, Danny Kopel, Teresa Velarde, Wendy Robie, Bill Cobbs
      Directors: Wes Craven
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
  • Sept 13 - 19 & Sept 20 - 26

    • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

      AKA(s): A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: The Dream Lover, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 666: Freddy's Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 6: Freddy's Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 6: The Final Nightmare
      Synopsis: Freddy Krueger returns once again to haunt both the dreams of Springwood's last surviving teenager and a woman with a deep connection to him.
      Cast: Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, Robert Shaye, Yaphet Kotto, Breckin Meyer, Peter Spellos, Alice Cooper, Virginia Peters, Marilyn Rockafellow, Angelina Estrada
      Directors: Rachel Talalay
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Feb 15 - 21 & Feb 22 - 28 & March 1 - 7 & March 8 - 14 & March 15 - 21


  • Nov 9 - 15
    • Child's Play 2 (1990)

      Synopsis: While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind.
      Cast: Brad Dourif, Jenny Agutter, Beth Grant, Alex Vincent, Grace Zabriskie, Billy Stevenson, Don Pugsley, Matt Roe, Gerrit Graham, Greg Germann
      Directors: John Lafia
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Nov 2 - 8

    • Jacob's Ladder (1990)

      Synopsis: Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.
      Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Ving Rhames, Christopher John Fields, Becky Ann Baker, Matt Craven, Patricia Kalember, Bryan Larkin, Jaime Perry, John Capodice, Macaulay Culkin
      Directors: Adrian Lyne
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery
  • Oct 26 - Nov 1

    • Graveyard Shift (1990)

      Synopsis: In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.
      Cast: Brad Dourif, David Andrews, Andrew Divoff, Stephen Macht, Robert Alan Beuth, Ilona Margolis, Richard France, Vic Polizos, Jonathan Emerson, Anne Rooney
      Directors: Ralph S. Singleton
      Genres: Horror


  • Apr 21 - 27 & Apr 28 - May 4 & May 5 - 11
    • Pet Sematary (1989)

      AKA(s): Pet Cemetery
      Synopsis: Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.
      Cast: Stephen King, Dale Midkiff, Susan Blommaert, Richard Collier, Miko Hughes, Denise Crosby, Michael Lombard, Matthew August Ferrell, Liz Davies, Lisa Stathoplos
      Directors: Mary Lambert
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama
  • Feb 17 - 23 & Feb 24 - March 2

  • Feb 10 - 16

    • The Fly II (1989)

      AKA(s): The Fly 2
      Synopsis: The almost-human son of "Brundlefly" searches for a cure to his mutated genes while being monitored by a nefarious corporation that wishes to continue his father's experiments.
      Cast: Garry Chalk, Lorena Gale, Jerry Wasserman, William S. Taylor, Jeff Goldblum, Duncan Fraser, Frank C. Turner, Eric Stoltz, Suzanne Ristic, John Getz
      Directors: Chris Walas
      Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi


  • Nov 11 - 17
    • Child's Play (1988)

      AKA(s): Blood Brother, Blood Buddy
      Synopsis: A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
      Cast: Brad Dourif, Chris Sarandon, Ed Gale, John Franklin, Alex Vincent, Roslyn Alexander, Neil Giuntoli, Leila Lee Olsen, Edan Gross, Alan Wilder
      Directors: Tom Holland
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  • Nov 4 - 10

    • They Live (1988)

      AKA(s): John Carpenter's They Live, They Live!
      Synopsis: A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
      Cast: George 'Buck' Flower, Peter Jason, John Carpenter, Keith David, Al Leong, Meg Foster, Jeff Imada, Jan Rabson, Christine Anne Baur, John F. Goff
      Directors: John Carpenter
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
  • Oct 21 - 27 & Oct 28 - Nov 3

    • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

      Synopsis: Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?
      Cast: David Jensen, Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, George P. Wilbur, Carmen Filpi, Ellie Cornell, Erik Preston, Melody Gold, Jeff Olson, Kathleen Kinmont
      Directors: Dwight H. Little
      Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Aug 19 - 25 & Aug 26 - Sept 1 & Sept 2 - 8

    • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

      Synopsis: Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.
      Cast: Robert Englund, Linnea Quigley, Robert Shaye, Duane Davis, Kristen Clayton, Rodney Eastman, Jeff Levine, Jacquelyn Masche, Renny Harlin, Jake
      Directors: Renny Harlin
      Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • May 13 - 19

    • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

      AKA(s): Friday the 13th Part 7, Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VII, Friday the 13th, Part VII Jason's Destroyer
      Synopsis: Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager.
      Cast: Kane Hodder, Corey Feldman, Kimberly Beck, Tony Goldwyn, William Butler, Walt Gorney, Thom Mathews, Jeff Bennett, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Darcy DeMoss
      Directors: John Carl Buechler
      Genres: Horror, Thriller


  • June 12 - 18
    • Predator (1987)

      AKA(s): Alien Hunter, Hunter, Primevil
      Synopsis: A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
      Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Peter Cullen, Henry Kingi, Kevin Peter Hall, R.G. Armstrong, Jesse Ventura, William H. Burton Jr., Sonny Landham, Elpidia Carrillo
      Directors: John McTiernan
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
  • Feb 27 - March 5

    • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

      Synopsis: Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.
      Cast: Robert Englund, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Langenkamp, Clayton Landey, John Saxon, Jennifer Rubin, Rodney Eastman, Kristen Clayton, Priscilla Pointer, Ken Sagoes
      Directors: Chuck Russell
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy


  • Aug 15 - 21 & Aug 22 - 28
    • The Fly (1986)

      Synopsis: A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
      Cast: David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Michael Copeman, Leslie Carlson, Joy Boushel, George Chuvalo, Carol Lazare, Shawn Hewitt
      Directors: David Cronenberg
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance
  • July 18 - 24 & Jul 25 - 31 & Aug 1 - 7 & Aug 8 - 14


  • March 22 - 28
    • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

      AKA(s): Friday the 13th Part 5, Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
      Synopsis: Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
      Cast: Corey Feldman, Kimberly Beck, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Marco St. John, Richard Lineback, Dominick Brascia, John Shepherd, Ric Mancini, Juliette c**mins, Mark Venturini
      Directors: Danny Steinmann
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery


  • April 13 - 19
    • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

      AKA(s): Friday the 13th Part 4, Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part IV, Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, Friday the Thirteenth: The Final Chapter
      Synopsis: After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.
      Cast: Tom Savini, Corey Feldman, Adrienne King, Kimberly Beck, Betsy Palmer, Ronn Carroll, Rex Everhart, Amy Steel, Walt Gorney, Tom Everett
      Directors: Joseph Zito
      Genres: Horror, Thriller


  • July 22 - 28
    • Jaws 3-D (1983)

      AKA(s): Jaws 3, Jaws 3 People 0, Jaws III
      Synopsis: The sons of police chief Brody must protect civilians at a SeaWorld theme park after a 35-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.
      Cast: Dennis Quaid, P.H. Moriarty, Simon MacCorkindale, Melody Gold, Will Knickerbocker, Barbara Quinn, Jackie Kuntarich, Laurie Thomas, Alonzo Ward, Edward Laurie
      Directors: Joe Alves
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Adventure


  • Nov 12 - 18
    • Creepshow (1982)

      AKA(s): Creep Show, Cuentos de ultratumba, Father's Day, Something to Tide You Over, The Crate, The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, They're Creeping Up on You!
      Synopsis: An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.
      Cast: Tom Savini, Stephen King, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, David Early, Leslie Nielsen, Bingo O'Malley, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Ed Harris
      Directors: George A. Romero
      Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy

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